Maryland men’s soccer put together a strong all-around performance across the pond Wednesday, taking down a combined group from Leicester City FC’s U-23 and U-18 teams by a 3-0 final.
This was the Terps’ first friendly against a Premier League farm team during their spring break trip; they were slated to play a similar group from Stoke City on Monday, but that match was canceled due to poor pitch conditions. Instead, they found a match with the reserves from Connah’s Quay Nomads FC (yes, that’s a real name) and won 3-0 in Wales.
The regular season doesn’t start until August, but it’s easy to get excited about rising junior Paul Bin, who has scored three goals on this trip, including two against Leicester. With Gordon Wild and Eryk Williamson leaving college early for the pros, Maryland will need to rely on new scoring threats in 2018, and it might be finding some answers early.
Maryland’s final match on its foreign tour will come Friday against Queens Park Rangers’ U-23 team. After returning home, the Terps will host friendlies against Pittsburgh on April 7 and Villanova on April 15 before closing their spring schedule with a visit to Akron on April 22.
In other news
Fifteen Maryland winter athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including Kevin Huerter from the men’s basketball team, Kaila Charles and Kristen Confroy from the women’s squad and All-American heavyweight wrestler Youssif Hemida.
Maryland baseball busted out of its hitting slump and took down Elon on the road yesterday.
We dropped another podcast, focusing on Maryland women’s basketball’s performance at the NCAA Tournament in Raleigh.
Diamond Stone is still putting up incredible stat lines in the NBA G League.
And here’s Darrius Heyward-Bey and Torrey Smith running into each other on the West Coast.